This week I read The Lemon Merange Pie Murder, The Strawberry Shortcake Murder,and The Sugar Cookie Murder. In fact I had “Cooking Class” with Sweet Boy#2 and we baked some cookies out of one of these books called “Little Snowballs” and they were really really good. Lots of butter.
What did I learn from my reading this week? Actually I had a strange insight. I tried to read The Goose Girl a beautiful literary retelling of the classic Grim’s Fairy tale. The author is a master of words, so very talented.
“The princess sat on a stone, rested her arm on the back of a swan, and thought how her chest felt like a gutted walnut shell, and wondered if that sensation might last forever.” The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
But despite the fact that I was in awe of her talent and completely jealous of her skill with words…I snuck to the library website and ordered another food mystery book, and then another one after that. And the weird thing is that these books are full of silly mistakes and all the stuff they warn against in “How to Write” books, they are rife with cliche and have predictable endings…and yet. They are so charming. I love reading them, I instantly relax and fall into the world of cookie baker’s who randomly find dead bodies, time and time again, and then are compelled to solve the crime ahead of the police, while baking incredible culinary delights. What do you think? Why am I choosing these silly books over this glorious literary masterpiece. And it’s not boring either, far from it. Why why why?
It’s Frappuccino Thursday